UCI baseball pitcher Finnegan Wall
UCI pitcher Finnegan Wall UCI Athletics

Irvine, Calif., April 24, 2023 – The University of California, Irvine is partnering with the city of Irvine to host City of Irvine Day at Anteater Ballpark on May 6. Residents are invited to watch the UCI baseball team take on the University of Hawaii while celebrating the relationship between the city and the university. Irvine Mayor Farrah N. Khan will throw out the first pitch.

“As mayor of Irvine, I’m thrilled to celebrate the upcoming City of Irvine Day at Anteater Ballpark,” Khan said. “This event is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our community’s passion for baseball and our strong partnership with the University of California, Irvine. I look forward to joining fellow residents and visitors to cheer on our UCI baseball team and enjoy a fun-filled day of America’s favorite pastime.”

The UCI baseball team has had 35 winning seasons since the program began in 1965. In 2007, the Anteaters advanced to the College World Series, and in 2014, they won the Big West Conference championship. The team has also produced numerous players who have gone on to play professionally in the major leagues.

“The relationship with the city of Irvine is important to us,” said UCI athletic director Paula Smith. “Community engagement and participation is a cornerstone of athletics, and we look forward to having everyone at the ballpark.”

The event will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Anteater Ballpark’s Cicerone Field. Discounted tickets for both general-admission grass seating and home-plate reserved seating are available at uicirvinesports.com/irvine. For UCI’s clear-bag spectator policies and general information, visit ucirvinesports.com.

About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is ranked among the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. The campus has produced five Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 224 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $7 billion annually to the local economy and $8 billion statewide. For more on UCI, visit www.uci.edu.

About the city of Irvine: Since its incorporation in 1971, Irvine has become a nationally recognized city with a population of 307,670 that spans 66 square miles and is recognized as one of America’s safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, sound environmental stewardship and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine’s enviable quality of life. This family-friendly city features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space and is the home of the Great Park. For more information, visit cityofirvine.org.

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